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iPhone 6/6+ Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 131
Article Title = iPhone 6/6+ Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 3rd September 2014
Article Last Updated = 23rd January 2015
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?131

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about the iPhone 6/6+
Trade-In Your iPhone
If you are in the United States of America (USA) Amazon.com has a special iPhone trade-in program currently in operation offering special prices on iPhone trade-ins.
Q. When is the iPhone 6 UK launch date?
A. The iPhone 6 launched in the UK on the 19th September 2014 and is now available to buy online.
Q. What models are available?
A. The iPhone 6 comes in two models: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+
Q. What's the difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+?
A. Primarily, the iPhone 6 has a 4.7" display (1334x750 pixels at 326ppi) whereas the iPhone 6+ has a larger 5.5" display (1920x1080 pixels at 401ppi). The iPhone 6+ also has optical image stabilisation, a longer battery life and because of the larger display offers a better horizontal viewing mode in compatible apps.
Q. What are the primary new/upgraded features of the iPhone 6 compared to the 5s/5c?
  • A8 processor
  • M8 motion coprocessor
  • LTE speeds up to 150Mbps
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE) with carrier support
  • Wi-Fi calling with carrier support - initially EE in the UK
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi
  • NFC chip for contactless payments (via Apple Pay)
  • Barometer sensor
  • H.265 technology (High Efficiency Video Coding - HEVC) for encoding and decoding FaceTime video calls over cellular
  • Retina HD display with better contrast ratio
  • Better primary camera - autofocus with Focus Pixels, panorama (up to 43 megapixels), 1080p HD video at 60 fps, Slo-mo video at 240 fps, cinematic video stabilisation and continuous autofocus video, improved face detection
  • Better front camera - auto HDR for videos, improved face detection, burst mode
  • More 4G/LTE bands supported
  • Better battery life
See Apple UK's comparison chart for a full feature by feature comparison.
Q. What colours is the iPhone 6 available in?
A. Silver, gold and space grey.
Q. What are the system requirements for using an iPhone 6?
A. The following are required:
  • An Apple ID (for some features)
  • Internet access
  • Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires
    • Mac: OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • PC: Windows 8, Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
    • iTunes 11.4.0 or later
Q. I'm not running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. What can I do?
A. Buy Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and either run that or upgrade to the latest version of OS X.
Q. How much does the iPhone 6 cost?
A. iPhone 6 16GB = £539, 64GB = £619 or 128GB = £699 unlocked.
iPhone 6+ 16GB = £619, 64GB = £699 or 128GB = £789 unlocked.
Cheaper prices may be available on contract from other companies.
Q. Where can I buy the iPhone 6 or get an iPhone on contract in the UK?
A. Several places will offer it for sale:
Q. iPhone 6 supports 4G/LTE in other countries outside of the USA. Can I take advantage of this in the UK?
A. Yes. The iPhone 6 now supports 20 LTE/4G bands including those used in the UK.
Q. The iPhone 6 comes with a "Lightning" connector. Can I still connect it to my computer/older devices?
A. Potentially, yes. The iPhone 6 only comes with a Lightning to USB connector cable in the box which allows you to connect the iPhone 6 to your Mac or Windows PC. If you need compatibility with other devices you may need one of the following products:
  • Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter
  • Lightning Earpods
  • Lightning to 30-pin Adapter Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (0.2m) Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning to USB Cable (1.0m) Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning to USB Cable (2.0m) Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning to Micro USB Adapter Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning to VGA Adapter Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning Digital AV Adapter Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • NOTE: The Lightning to 30-pin Adapter is not compatible with everything. Apple states "This adapter lets you connect devices with a Lightning connector to many of your 30-pin accessories. Support for analog audio output, USB audio, as well as syncing and charging. Video output not supported."
Q. Is the iPhone 5s/5c/4s/4 still available to buy?
A. The iPhone 4 and 4s are now discontinued but the iPhone 5s and 5c are still available at cheaper prices than before:
  • iPhone 5c 8GB £319 unlocked. It may also be possible to obtain it free on contract
  • iPhone 5s 16GB/32GB from £459 unlocked.
Q. Is the iPhone 6 different in size to the iPhone 5s?
A. Yes. The iPhone 6 has a larger 4.7" display whereas the iPhone 6+ has an even larger 5.5" display.
Q. Will my iPhone 5s case fit the new 6?
A. No.
Q. Does Apple make new cases for the iPhone 6?
A. Yes:
  • iPhone 6 silicone case (£25 - available in black, white, pink, blue, green and product RED)
  • iPhone 6 leather case (£29 - available in black, midnight blue, olive brown, soft pink and product RED)
  • iPhone 6+ silicone case (£35 - available in black, white, pink, blue, green and product RED)
  • iPhone 6+ leather case (£39 - available in black, midnight blue, olive brown, soft pink and product RED)
Third party companies will also offer new cases too.
Q. What mobile frequencies does the iPhone 6 support?
A. See this article.
Q. Does the fingerprint identity sensor system store images of my fingerprint?
A. Apple has officially stated that the iPhone doesn't store actual images of users' fingerprints on the device only fingerprint data which is encrypted within the processor. Third-party applications cannot use the scanner facility. Those who wish the use Touch ID also have to create a passcode as a backup. Only that passcode (not a finger) can unlock the phone if the phone is rebooted or hasn't been unlocked for 48 hours. This feature is meant to block hackers from stalling for time as they try to find a way to circumvent the fingerprint scanner. See Apple's official tech note on the subject.
Q. What version of iOS does the iPhone 6 come with?
A. It comes with iOS 8 and also includes the following apps free: iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
Q. Is the iPhone 6/6+ going to be too big to use with one hand?
A. Physically it's quite large but Apple have a created a software feature called "Touch Assist" that when activated groups icons towards the bottom of the screen within easy reach for even those people with small fingers and thumbs.
Q. I don't want iOS 8. Can I install/run an earlier version of iOS?
A. No.
Q. Is there a dock available for the iPhone 6?
A. Currently, no there isn't.
Q. I've heard something about AppleCare+. What is it?
A. AppleCare+ is now available to buy in the UK. It includes an extra year of warranty (a total of 2 years) and up to two incidents of accidental damage from handling, each subject to a £55 excess fee.

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